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Old 01-03-2008, 09:06 AM   #1
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How To Look Good Naked

I love Carson Kressley, I will watch one episode of this to check it out. It is refreshing to see such a show on tv.

Kressley speaks ‘Naked’ truth about body image
By Amy Amatangelo / Television Review Thursday, January 3, 2008 http://www.bostonherald.com
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To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, if you can’t have the body you want, love the one you’re in.

That’s the gospel Carson Kressley preaches in the new Lifetime series “How to Look Good Naked,” premiering Friday at 9 p.m. In the half-hour unscripted show, Kressley helps women of all body types learn to play up the positive and accept what they see as negative.

Kressley, who perfected his amusing off-the-cuff remarks as one of the fab five on Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” begins by listening to what his guests don’t like about themselves. With the help of shopping trips, spa treatments and makeovers, he begins his perception revolution.

His first guest is 32-year-old Layla Morrel, who has spent most of her life dieting and feels she needs to lose 40 pounds to look good.

“She’s hated her body for two decades,” Kressley says. “But that’s where I come in. Because I’m here to teach her to unlearn her terrible self-image.”

In the age of “Dr. 90210” and “The Biggest Loser,” it is refreshing to see a show not focused on plastic surgery or dramatic weight loss. It’s even more invigorating to hear Kressley speak affirmatively about real bodies. When Morrel cries upon seeing herself in a new, flattering outfit, Kressley says, “I think you are finally just seeing you. Let’s try to see ourselves more the real way.”

Kressley, who comes off as a less obnoxious but just as supportive Richard Simmons, offers the pitch-perfect amount of encouragement. The final triumphant moments come when the women agree to be photographed (tastefully) in the nude and Kressley has, as promised, turned body loathing into body loving.

The series’ main shortcoming is that, by following the same formula, it becomes repetitive. Bra whisperer Susan Nethero appears in every episode to tell the women they are wearing the wrong bra size.

“How to Look Good Naked” is also sponsored by Keri Renewal lotions, something the show awkwardly weaves into the episodes. Hair and makeup stylist Jude Alcala inelegantly says such things as “I can’t emphasize how important it is to moisturize” and “All you need is this little tube.”

Such blatant kowtowing to a sponsor detracts from the show’s mission and takes the viewer out of the moment.

Series premiere Friday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.
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This programme has been on in the UK for a while. I love it

The guy who presents it here - Gok Wan - is great. And I love the way the programme shows you how you should celebrate what you've got instead of try to change it to suit the media's distorted body image

If it's anything like as good as the UK show, it'll be great Although it's a shame if your version has been spoilt by sponsorship
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I didn't know you had this show in the UK, thanks for the info In the US Lifetime is a "for women" sort of channel. It's no surprise to me that it's not on a major network.
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I don't know about this show. I like Carson K. and I have seen the ads for the show, but I am not sure I will enjoy watching the idea of the show quite honestly. I believe he is trying to do some good with the whole concept though. I will give the show a chance and promise to watch at least a few episodes.
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Yeah my mum loves the show, its kinda porn for teenage boys imo lol.
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Was that paraphrasing The Rolling Stones? Sounds more like a paraphrase of Stephen Stills.
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This programme has been on in the UK for a while. I love it

The guy who presents it here - Gok Wan - is great. And I love the way the programme shows you how you should celebrate what you've got instead of try to change it to suit the media's distorted body image

If it's anything like as good as the UK show, it'll be great Although it's a shame if your version has been spoilt by sponsorship
I couldn't have said it better myself. Gok =
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Yeah my mum loves the show, its kinda porn for teenage boys imo lol.
Your mum is a teenaged boy?

You should call the tabloids -- they might be interested in that!
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Your mum is a teenaged boy?

You should call the tabloids -- they might be interested in that!
They probs would be too lol.





No she isnt a teenage boy im delighted to say........
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This programme has been on in the UK for a while. I love it

The guy who presents it here - Gok Wan - is great. And I love the way the programme shows you how you should celebrate what you've got instead of try to change it to suit the media's distorted body image

If it's anything like as good as the UK show, it'll be great Although it's a shame if your version has been spoilt by sponsorship
Generally, the shows the US rips off the British end up being pretty much the same format. At least the ones I've seen anyway.

What Not to Wear comes to mind, and a few others I can't think of right now.

If I remember, I'll watch it tomorrow.
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I've seen the UK version here. I love it! Great concept, great content
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